Halfway Back introduces Howard Butler

Today, The Reentry Project is launching Halfway Back, an audio series that gives formerly incarcerated people a chance to tell their own stories. The first episode, hosted by Emily Scott and Julie Christie, introduces listeners to Howard Butler, who struggled to find the adequate housing after release. Listen:

This occasional series is based on conversations with those who called into our Share your Story line or reached out to us at The Reentry Project directly. If you’d like to talk to us, please text “I have a story” or call us at (215) 821-9790.

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This week: Inmates helping inmates, helping women through reentry and more

This week:

• Can a fake court help high-risk Pennsylvania parolees?
• ‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’
• Van Jones’ We Rise tour visits Philadelphia
• Pennsylvania training mentally ill inmates to help others on the cellblock

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: August 11, 2017

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‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’

After prison, Faith Bartley wants to help other women get a second chance

Still struggling herself to find housing, Bartley wants to ask other women returning from prison, ‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’ Faith Bartley wants a home to call her own. Not just a rented room, but somewhere that can take her away from the community that she’s known all her life.

Volunteers and lawyers help residents clear their records for a shot at better jobs and housing

Inside a Philly criminal record expungement clinic: ‘Freedom is not just freedom’

Volunteers and lawyers help residents clear their records for a shot at better jobs and housing. Sterling Scott arrived at St. Mark’s Church in Frankford with the same goal as his peers: to start the process of getting his criminal record expunged. “My daughter, she attacked me and I wound up macing her,” Scott, 63, said.

State halfway houses undergoing attempts at reform

Fixing an Urban Housing Crisis That Most People Can’t See

Debi Smith is on a mission. It began four years ago, in March 2013, when she dropped her son off at a halfway house in North Philadelphia following his release from state prison. It was supposed to be a short stay. Maurice “Reese” Ingersoll had struggled for years with mental illness and substance abuse issues.